|Iraq's new C4, Optics retracted to reduce drag during flight|
In a previous post, I reported that a US bird (at the time) was selling for $3.2 mil, while the Chinese version was selling for ~$800,000 (USD). And now, just a few years later, we're seeing the results of that espionage activity in the air, flying against ISIS. Good for the Iraqi's! Bad for us.
And then I think about the idea that it seems like only yesterday when UAVs (unmanned arial vehicles) were high in the target for Chinese acquisitions. In fact, in 2010, the Defense Security Service reported in an unclassified report:
"East Asia and the Pacific region were hosts to the highest number of intelligence collection attempts. “For the fifth year in a row, reporting with an East Asia and Pacific nexus far exceeded those from any other region suggesting a continuing, concerted, and growing effort to exploit contacts within United States industry for competitive, economic, and military advantage,” the report states."
We've experienced massive cyber thefts from our R&D EDUs, R&D centers, and OEMs. In the early days, the idea that new technology was obtained through cyber means was shocking. Today, not so much. The targeting of UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems --the updated term for UAVs) today means stealing IP that allows for refined controls of the previously stolen systems --how can they be made better --navigation, targeting, optics. Regardless if for military or economic gain, the simple idea that these birds sell for a quarter of the price of our own and the skies will soon be full of them means jobs lost --and not just in the US, but also in the international supply chain.
As always, a busy week. Two new fusion reports were posted to the Red Sky portal. We've been using a new format with all of our new published reports. Members have had problems navigating the number of reports in our socially driven site. The engine isn't machine to machine, rather focusing on the human interaction. So to assist with some of the confusion, we've begun adding snapshot views to each of our products, as well as a cross reference of our previous reporting (links inside Red Sky - redacted for this post) and a link to our indicator database (open to all) where users can download indicators (https://www.threatrecon.co/search?keyword=FR16-011).
Our latest report focuses on Locky:
- We're planning our first Cyber Symposium with a partner in Huntsville, AL. Wapack Labs and H2L Solutions -a DFAR assessment company performing NIST 800-171 assessments in the area will be hosting a Cyber Symposium for local companies on June 7th.
- Two weeks later, we're doing our pre-summer quarterly Red Sky Alliance Threat Day at a member location in Stamford, CT.